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Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe

Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday spread with these chocolaty treats. They're perfect for getting little ones involved. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:60 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • Candy eyes
  • Reese's mini white peanut butter cups
  • Miniature pretzels
  • Peanut butter M&M's


  • 1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Place butter, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in eggs and extract. Stir in flour mixture. Let stand until firm enough to shape, about 15 minutes.
  • 2. To freeze dough, shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; flatten each to 1/4-in. thickness. Place in a covered container, separating layers with waxed paper; freeze until firm. (May be frozen up to 3 months.)
  • 3. To bake, preheat oven to 350°. Place frozen dough portions 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • 4. Spread cookies with frosting, reserving a small amount for mouths. Decorate faces with candy eyes; add peanut butter cups for snouts, pretzels for antlers and M&M's for noses. Pipe mouths with reserved frosting. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 122 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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amandassoaps User ID: 5569963 175675
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"these look so cute and sound yummy will have to try them"

Gram-KZL User ID: 3372030 176086
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"My granddaughter and I made these cookies and she personalized family members' cookies with appropriate color eyes! I also made these with my class of two year olds using chocolate cookies at our Christmas party. They were so simple for them--they had so much fun. Thanks for the idea; they will become a holiday tradition.

Jenny Smith
Victoria, texas"

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